This week's GMC Playbook question is a tough one for the New York Giants.
To be GMC Professional Grade you must know your craft inside and out. On every team, there must be an established veteran presence, that with the work that he does, it doesn’t really show up in the stat sheet. It could be a veteran DB who give that jersey pull or a nice arm lock, so the receiver can’t catch the ball. Or an offensive lineman who’s crafty enough to get the hold real tightly to where the refs won’t call it, but the back, he’s off for a big run. Now, look at your team and analyze. Tell me, who’s that crafty veteran on your team. And if you’re really paying attention, what’s the signature move that he uses?
Most of the Giants' roster have been Giants for two years or less, but the Giants have a number of veterans on the team. Some of them, like Mike Patterson and Mathias Kiwanuka aren't contributing much. Others, like Eli Manning, contribute a lot, and everything he does ends up on the stat sheet.
To answer this question, I think I'm going to have to go with one of the longest-tenured Giants, one who is so good at his job nobody ever gives him a second thought.
Long snapper Zak DeOssie.
"Long snapper!?" You might say? How important can that be? He's just a failed linebacker, right?
Wrong, and he's very important.
DeOssie has been one of the few consistent, and consistently disciplined players on the Giants' special teams. Not only is his coverage almost always sound, but he hustles to down the field and is usually one of the first players to the returner.
Perhaps even more importantly, his snaps are the next best thing to automatic. Jeff Feagles, John Carney, Lawrence Tynes, Steve Weatherford, nor Josh Brown have ever had to worry that his snaps would be off target. It happens occasionally, but it's news when it happens.
If the Giants have a vet who makes a big impact on the team that never gets noticed, it's Zak DeOssie. And the next time you start to think a long snapper isn't an important part of the team, just watch THIS